Low Veteran Player: Philip Rivers
Philip’s second half with interceptions, getting the ball stripped from his hand, and causing two more turnovers to go along with his four interceptions in the game puts him solidly in my Low Five. Philip made bad throws and floated the ball many times. Again, he needs to fix all this. Rivers was 25/41 for 242 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his turnovers.
Low Defensive Player: Marcus Gilchrist
Marcus was the lone guy in one-on-one in the second half. Manning just did his thing and got the match-up he wanted and went after it. Gilchrist was all alone on the two most important touchdown passes of the game in the fourth quarter which let the Broncos take the lead. The defense as a whole unit was just not good in the second half – period.
Low Special Teams Player: Eddie Royal
Eddie just didn’t have a good game on special teams or on offense. His punt returns didn’t get much yardage and he stopped on a route in the second half which turned into an interception for Rivers.
Low Offensive Player: Jeromey Clary
Clary just could not stop Elvis Dumervil in the second half. Dumervil just went by Clary and knocked the ball out of Rivers’ hand, and the Broncos picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown in the third quarter. That play woke up the Broncos as a team and just took over the second half and the rest of the game. Dumervil had many more sacks and made a lot of plays after that game-changer play.
Low Rookie Player: Melvin Ingram
Melvin and Donald Butler miss Peyton Manning on a crucial third down play which leads to Manning jumping over Melvin and completing the pass. The next play Manning throws a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to bring the Broncos back to within three points.